Welcome to another fabulous French Friday!
Welcome to another fabulous French Friday!
We are slowly getting settled into our temporary home in Fairhope, AL!
All the necessities were unpacked pretty quickly, but we’ve taken our time with the rest of the boxes. This home is about half the size of the one we sold, so there is quite a bit that we are leaving packed and in storage. There just isn’t any room for it!
The rooms are slowly getting decorated, and things are getting shifted and re-arranged as we see what works and what doesn’t.
I sold a lot of furniture before we moved and it’s been fun searching for “new to me” antique pieces to fill in the gaps. I’m not in a hurry and want to take my time in finding exactly the perfect piece for the right price.
The dining room still doesn’t have a dining table and chairs, there’s no bed in one of the guest rooms, and we’re still missing bedside chests in the master bedroom. But it will all come together at some point!
Leasing this home for a year will give us time to explore and take our time to find exactly where we want to buy.
In the middle of unpacking and trying to rearrange furniture, I decided to repaint our bed in the master bedroom.
This is the third change it’s seen and I am really loving the new color. I’ll share more on that process later on, as well as some before pictures.
The master bedroom is still pretty empty. Not only am I looking for two bedside chests, but also an armoire to hide the tv in. We love having a tv in the bedroom, but I like it to be hidden when not in use.
New bedding was delivered today so it’s coming together in baby steps!
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Today is French Country Friday and you know what that means! It’s going to be a French filled day!
While we were in Miami over Christmas, we were able to do some antique shopping.
I found some fabulous pieces for our online shop and thought I would show you what I came home with.
So many of the antique shops were closed while we were there because of the holidays, but we did discover two shops that were open and we were abel to find some beautiful things.
When we arrived home earlier this week, we piled all of the vintage goodies into our empty dining room so that I could photograph it.
I adore everything we found and was tempted to keep some of it, but I will be listing it all in our online shop. I still have a garage full that I haven’t unpacked yet, which makes letting these things go so much easier!
Authentic vintage Italian Florentine pieces are favorites of mine and this set of nesting tables caught my eye immediately.
So much of the Florentine that you see in the secondary market today is plastic, and it doesn’t have the deep, rich look that the wood pieces have. The gilded wood is just gorgeous with a beautiful patina!
Many of these pieces are getting so hard to find as the desire to decorate our homes with it is becoming popular again, and collectors are snapping them up.
French barometers are a rare find, so I was really excited when I saw this French faience barometer. The colors are so pretty!
I adore antique French ironstone transferware, and this set of twelve plates is amazing!
They have such a pretty teal transferware border, and whimsical center scenes.
Each plate has a different restaurant themed scene. I can see them being hung on the wall over a buffet or or on a kitchen wall in a grouping.
I was shocked when I found three Italian Florentine mirrors, all in one place!
They are gorgeous and I am so tempted to keep one of them! The carved wood frames are stunning, and they work perfectly in a French style home.
Two petite footstools also caught my eye.
One is a sweet French Provincial style and the other is a beautifully ornate iron stool, both with needlepoint upholstery.
A beautiful French cherub candelabra and Parian bisque bust came home with us as well.
The most unique piece I found was a set of French Provincial nesting tables with carved inlaid wood tops.
They are gorgeous and I’ve never seen any like them before.
Two antique French ironstone pots and an old Infant Jesus creche figure finished off our finds.
I wish we could have found more, but it’s not a bad haul for only shopping two stores!
Today, we’re heading to the monthly estate sale in Mobile, AL that we attend quite often, and I’m sure we’ll find lots of vintage goodies there!
Miss Rubylou enjoyed her Christmas vacation but she was so ready to get home.
She’s still a bit confused about the move and we’re working on getting her settled in. She doesn’t let hubby and I out of her sight, but I’m sure she’ll get used to the new home soon!
I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the vintage goodies we brought back from Miami!
If you see something you’re interested in, head over to our online shop! You might see something you can’t live without!
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I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas! We certainly did!
We traveled to Miami to spend Christmas week with our middle son and fiance, and we have had so much fun, and eaten so much food!
My future daughter in law is Cuban-American and she is a fabulous cook. I’m thankful that I packed my “stretchy pants” for this trip because I have needed them!
On Christmas Eve, we met some of our future in laws and enjoyed one of their annual Christmas traditions which was a pig roast. I’ve never experienced one before and it was so much fun!
We were surrounded with wonderful conversations, lots of laughter, and a plethora of food against the backdrop of white lights, palm trees, and Christmas music playing in the background. It was so nice to be welcomed into this extended family with open arms and hearts.
When Christmas morning arrived, we opened gifts and then shortly after another feast ensued as family arrived to celebrate the day with Christmas brunch.
Brunch was another feast, and my favorite dish was Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette). It’s a traditional dish from Spain and one of the signature dishes in the Spanish cuisine. It’s an omelette made with eggs, potatoes, and onions, and it was fabulous!
Of course, desserts were plentiful, and out of all of them, my favorite is the dessert that my future daughter in law makes, the Tres Leches Cake (translation: Three Milks Cake). It is so scrumptious! You gain weight just by looking at it!
I think there is a diet is in my future when I get home!
We were able to do some antique shopping on Thursday and found some fabulous pieces that will be going into the online store next week.
Tomorrow, I’m excited to go wedding dress shopping with my future daughter, and then we will be heading home on Sunday. It’s been a whirlwind week filled with lots of love, laughter, and amazing food!
I want to wish each and every one of you a blessed and Happy New Year!!
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